KAMPALA – Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has extended criminal summons against the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine after he failed to appear in court for the second time.
This very court had ordered Bobi Wine to report back on June 4, 2019, for the mention of his case, but he has not turned up.
Through his lawyer, Mr Abudallah Kiwanuka, the court heard that the legislator could not appear today in court, on time having delayed to travel from up-country.
Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has now renewed the summons which will now require Bobi Wine to appear in court on August 12, 2019.
Bobi Wine is facing charges of disobeying statutory duties in which the prosecution says he connived with 4 other people to offend sessions of the Public Order Management Bill when they held a meeting without informing the police which would ensure that all participants in that rally were not armed.
The other four include; Bobi Wine’s elder brother; Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, David Lule, Edward Sebuwufu and others still at large who disobeyed lawful orders by holding an illegal protest contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act.
According to the charge sheet, Lule, Katongole, Nyanzi, Sebufu, t Kyagulanyi and others still at large on July 11, 2018 at City Square Kampala road in Kampala District disobeyed sections 5 and 10 of the Public Order Management Act 2013 by holding a public meeting without giving notice to any authorised officer, holding a public meeting a public meeting without adhering to the required criteria and refusing to coordinate and cooperate with police with police to ensure that all participants are unarmed and peaceful.
Bobi Wine, together with a group of other activists, last year, held a demonstration in downtown Kampala against the Shs 200 excise duty for use of Over the Top (OTT) services (commonly known as social media tax), saying it was unfair since Ugandans were already paying for taxes on airtime.